How Another Housing Bubble Was Blown … And Why
by George, Washington’s Blog:
Preface: In Part 1, we showed that mortgage applications are down, and it is really institutional investors driving the housing boom. Part 2 explains why.
Housing prices have boomed because:
(1) Lenders are artificially keeping vacant houses off of the market
(2) The Obama administration has thrown all sorts of artificial incentives at institutional investors to pump up prices
Artificially Suppressed Housing Inventory
Naked Capitalism reported last August:
Two trends are apparent. One is that banks are delaying foreclosures, or not foreclosing at all despite long-term delinquencies. The other is that private equity firms – flush with cash thanks to Tim Geithner’s religious devotion to trickle-down economics and the resulting cascade of corporate welfare – have been bidding up and holding foreclosed houses off the market.
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